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Pitching matchups for the Boston series

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Monday: LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 0.00), 7:05, YES, ESPN

Tuesday: RHP Joba Chamberlain (1-0, 3.13) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (2-2, 7.22), 7:05, YES


Just wondering, but does anybody else question what is going on with the Yankees and their ability to properly evaluate injuries?

Damaso Marte went seven days without pitching then they decided to put him on the disabled list. Then we found out today that the injury he had in spring training never really cleared up. Meanwhile, he made seven appearances and got knocked around.

Chien-Ming Wang, as it turns out, had weakness in his injured foot and that led to atrophied hip muscles. How did this go unnoticed all spring and lead to his getting crushed for three starts?

A-Rod said his hip injury was an issue last June. Yet he played the rest of the year and it went undiagnosed until March. Then he needed surgery that has so far kept him out a month.

There is no one person at fault here. Maybe the players have to be more honest about how they feel or the coaches and medical staff more observant. Maybe Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi need to demand greater accountability. But Marte, Wang and Rodriguez are important players and in all three cases, something broke down.

Look at Mark Teixeira, for instance. He has not been the same since he injured his wrist. What would be better for the Yankees, Juan Miranda playing first base or Tex going 2 for 27? Should he be on the DL?

Obviously medical issues are tricky and many factors are involved. Injuries are not always apparent or become worse over time. I realize it’s difficult to judge what is the right thing to do.

But as Marte was saying today that his shoulder has hurt for, “a long time” it was all I could do not to say, “Then what the heck were you out there pitching for?”




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